A Dream Within a Dream: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe
As short fiction has become a more accepted genre in literary circles, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories become more popular. He’s story passed on and on, and he now consider to be the father of the short story by many. His stories were strong and powerful, one called them mystery. Not only his story, but also his life.
Edgar Allan Poe was a famous detective story, science fiction, horror fiction, symbolism story and aestheticism story author in America, he was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe was the second child in his family, he had two siblings Henry and Rosalie. Both of Edgar’s parents died when he was very young. Edgar’s mother Elizabeth died in 1811, when Edgar was 2 years old. She was a very famous actor in early America, within the same theater with David Poe, She married David after her first husband died. When Edgar was 2 year-old, his father had left the family, his wife and children alone, soon Elizabeth died of tuberculosis. At the same year David also died of the same disease as his wife. After Edgar’s parents passed away, he had been adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan. All three children from Poe’s family had been divided separately.
Mr. John Allan was a wealthy tobacco merchant that made Edgar got very good environment and education. Mr. John Allan wanted Edgar to be a business but Edgar just wanted to be a poet. He went to University of Virginia in 1826 when he was only, he did very well in his classes and got good grade, but his stepfather Mr. John Allen only gave him very less money for his college fees. Edgar began to drink heavily and took up gambling to pay the debts he had. He already very poor before the first school term ended, so he quitted the school and returned to Richmond. Before Edgar went to university he engaged with Sarah Emile La Royster and ignored the strong opposition from both families, but after he came back, Mr. and Mrs. John Allan repealed the engagement between them and she already engaged with another man when Edgar left. Edgar complained the ruthless of Allen, he disregarded the advice from his stepmother Frances Allen and left home. Edgar made a pseudonym called "Henry" went to Boston by ship.
On May 27, 1827, Edgar joined in the U.S. Army by using a fake name called "Edgar A. Perry", he assumed he was 22 even though he was just 18 year-old. In the same year he convince a young publisher released his first book, "Tamerlane and Other Poems", a 40 pages poetry by the name” A Bostonian”. Two years later in 1829, he got the news that his stepmother Frances Allan was dying of tuberculosis and she wanted to see him before she died. But when Edgar returned to Richmond Frances already died and been buried. Allan wanted to relax the relationship between he and Edgar, so he helped Poe went to West Point.
Before going to West point, Edgar lived with his aunt and his cousin Virginia. He been thrown out after he...